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11 months.

dear jude,

oh sweet girl, guess what? you turned 11 months nearly two weeks ago. i confess that i haven’t gotten anything done in a timely manner this month. all the video and photos i’ve taken? yeah, they’re all still hanging out on memory cards. [note for when you are older, and you giggle at such obsolete technology: a memory card holds the digital files that, at some point, you then upload to your computer.]

the reason for such a long delay in your monthly letter is this: holy hell it’s been a busy month. i’ve started a new position at work, one that keeps later hours than i’d like. later hours means i get to enjoy you in the mornings now, but it also means that i no longer get to give you your nightly bath, or put you to bed. you’re handling the change much better than i am, honestly. i miss the constancy of our routine. onward toward creating new routines, though, right? you are teaching me all about adaptiveness.

we traveled to dallas this month. your grandma (ie, my mom) was visiting from pennsylvania, and we all spent a long weekend together at aunt e’s house. this meant that you and your cousin carlos got to play again. he now spends much of his time hanging out on your play mat these days, and even offers the occasional sly smile. you adore him. when he whimpered or cooed or cried, you crawled up to him, patted him gently on the head or belly, and offered an enthusiastic kiss. incidentally, you now say *bwah* instead of *mwah* for your kissing sounds. i think you are combining “bye” with your kiss. efficiency, kid. i like it.

anyway, you also loved your grandma. she says that your giggle and your looks are just like me at about your age. let’s compare, shall we?

you, kinda zoned:
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me, kinda zoned:
frightening on many levels.

yeah, you are definitely my kid.
…but i digress.

so. milestones this month? you now say “hi!” with a whole lot of feeling and nuance. there is the “hi” of happy greeting for your people and pets, and then there is a subtler “hi” given to books and other inanimate objects. OH! you have totally discovered books this month. brown bear and anything featuring elmo are your current favorites. you turn pages for your reader, and often times pay close attention to the words and rhythm of the story. (we read brown bear to the tune of the oompa loompa song.) without fail, you kiss your favorite pages.

another milestone this month was also kind of like the plague. you began to cut your top front teeth. it began with a fever. it escalated into roseola. and then, as the rash went away, you got a cold. the teeth are almost through now, and you’re feeling better. your mother have survived. wow. that was rough.

on 9 may–the day before mother’s day, thank you–you took three unassisted steps toward me. you repeated the motion several times. omg, i said, my kid can walk, and she’s not even 11 months. and then, you stopped doing it altogether. you did this with rolling over too. remember? at 9 weeks, you rolled over. you repeated it enough so we knew it wasn’t a fluke. and then you abruptly stopped, and didn’t do it again for a few more months. i think this may say something about your personality, but i’m not sure what. does it mean that you are out to prove something to the world? “i CAN walk; i simply choose not to. or are you unimpressed with progress? “meh, walking is boring. i’m going back to my efficient, familiar mode of transport.”

…only time will tell. i promise to pay attention to your answer.

love,
mommy
[we have decided that mama h is “mama” and i am “mommy”, mostly because we were confusing ourselves.]

pee ess, here are some pics taken by tio al when we were in dallas:

kisses for mommy.

bright window baby.

bright eyed teether.

my beloved.

happy mccarthy girls.
(as your primary photographer, i so rarely show up in photos with you. it’s nice to see us together, my love.)

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six years ago, i happened upon your mysterious profile on a silly dating site. i had no hopes for anything “real”. you simply intrigued me with your words. we struck up a conversation, which led to a phone conversation, wherein i swooned at the sound of your voice. you know how it goes: you had me at hello. heh.

here we are, my love. six years later. wearefambly.

you are my heart. i can’t wait to marry you this summer.

i love you.
lub,
your bananie.

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love is.

christmas love.

bespectacled mamas.

pee ess, we need more photos of the three of us.

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life with teether.

aside from the level of busyness my new (and ever-changing) work schedule has wrought upon my bloglife, we’ve now entered phase II of teething: the reckoning.

here’s a visual recap of jude’s first two teeth coming in at 6 months old:
overwhelmingly so OVER the spaghetti

at 11 months old (yes, a letter is forthcoming…at some point…) she still has two teeth. now, it appears that a minimum of four more are making a concerted effort to burst forth simultaneously. this is THE constant appearance of j these days:
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the teething situation has escalated past the constant chewing over the past few days, into the realm of fever, lethargy, loose stools, and the need to snuggle a mother at all times. pobrecita. despite the obvious pain she is experiencing, j continues to be her sweet, sweet self, and is liberally dispensing kisses to everyone (and thing) in front of her.

as of this afternoon, there is still no sign of the teeth. and i’m at work until 11 tonight, after which, i will sneak into her room and dream nurse her awhile. it’s all i can do.

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so yeah.

i’m still here, still living the dream. only the dream has become remarkably busy recently. i have changed job roles (temporarily, but with hopes for permanency), and my days are a whir of numbers and reports and various applications with similar acronyms. lately, i come home, put the judelet to bed, and shut off my brain altogether.

so here are a few bullet points:

  • jude is about five seconds away from walking.
  • she now says “bye”, with clear articulation.
  • she slept 11 hours straight last night.
  • i hope she is not waking up right now.

in other news, my sex drive has returned.  cue the swell of operatic soprano.

well, it is pushing 9:30 and my special lady friend is now lying beside me in bed
[correction: it is now 10:15, and old neighbors just stopped by unannounced.  my special lady friend is now asleep. le sigh  anyway, here, have a picture of that adorable child o mine.]

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